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Re: “Riches and Division

Hello. Thank you for writing this book! I just received it from Amazon (we live in Chicagoland), and I'm looking forward to reading it. I noticed the Yaqui Village Baptist Mission photo on page 100, also shown above in this article. I didn't see her name in the caption, but the lady on the left is Mrs Dolores Urias Wright (1886-1968), superintendent of the community center. Her husband was the Fred Wright of Wrightstown Road and one-time school, out east where they had a ranch early on. Mr Wright died fairly young in 1923; but Dolores carried on until 1968, dedicated to the First Baptist Church and community work. Her name appears several times in Tucson newspapers. She is shown, for example, as the Yaqui Mission superintendent on page 13 of the 6 Sep 1941 Daily Citizen. There is a newspaper obituary on page 29 of the 16 Jan 1968 Citizen with her photo; and a family obituary on the next page. Dolores Urias was a native Tucsonan of pioneer families, daughter of Antonio Urias (said to be Tucson's first jeweler) and Macaria Gallego. The Arizona Daily Star did a Street Smarts feature on Wrightstown Road with several photos at

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Posted by Jeri Ferguson Jahnke on 08/24/2015 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Trashing Arizona


How is it racist to oppose illegal immigration?

I'm opposed to everyone who trashes wilderness areas, and I'm opposed to everyone who settles and works here illegally, whatever the race. I've never understood people who think opposition to illegal immigration is "racist." Please tell me what, specifically, is racist about wanting people to immigrate legally, and not to destroy wilderness areas?

Posted by TucsonScion on 08/24/2015 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Riches and Division

I can't wait to buy my own copy!

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Posted by nutridawg on 08/23/2015 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Riches and Division

I must buy this book! Where can I get it?

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Posted by gcb1 on 08/23/2015 at 11:13 AM

Re: “2014: A Last Look Back!

Az in not unique. Look at what happens in DC

Posted by Awful Art on 08/21/2015 at 7:25 AM

Re: “2014: A Last Look Back!

Certainly Az in not unique in this kind of stuff. Look at what goes on in DC!

Posted by Art on 08/21/2015 at 7:23 AM

Re: “Riches and Division

If this book is as good as his book on the Gadsden Purchase it's going to be a hit. And this excerpt is very good indeed!

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Posted by Mike Anderson on 08/21/2015 at 6:56 AM

Re: “The Battle for a Solar Arizona

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Posted by Joener Canon on 08/18/2015 at 7:14 PM

Re: “Monsanto Mania Chemtrails exist, people. ;-)

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Posted by chemtrailsprayer on 08/17/2015 at 8:51 PM

Re: “Monsanto Mania

Well said, Ole Blue. The article is very shallow and poorly written to boot (doesn't the Weekly have an editor?). Here's a much more thorough article that's worth reading no matter what your existing views on high-tech agricuture are.…

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Posted by donkiyoti on 08/16/2015 at 2:53 PM

Re: “Monsanto Mania

I think of Monsanto similarly to how I think about Apple. The knee-jerk reaction to condemn all GMO crops after looking at Monsanto's business practices would be like insisting we throw out all our smartphones and return to conducting all communication through typewriters and telegraphs after learning about the horrific working conditions in Apple's overseas factories.

I'm disappointed in how uninformative this article is. (First of all, Monsanto isn't "The Third Reich," as the Avalon spokesman states. I'll immediately roll my eyes and discount what anyone says who makes such a comparison to Nazi Germany.) Instead, I'd like to see an article that more thoroughly discusses the real benefits (such as drought resistant crops, and those that require less water and produce higher yields) and the real concerns (such contamination to non-GMOs through unwanted hybridization and the failures of our patent system) of GMOs, instead of boiling the GMO discussion down to whether Monsanto is the devil or not. For this week's front page effort, it was pretty poor.

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Posted by Ole Blue on 08/15/2015 at 11:13 PM

Re: “Monsanto Mania

No offense intended, but someone please explain to me how there has to be a conspiracy to put carcinogens (etc) in the air when we're *paying* them to put them straight into our food at the supermarket? And when it's coming out the back of our cars straight into the air every time we go to work? The road to you know where is paved with consumer dollars; somehow I blame us more than the illumanti, but maybe I'm naive like that. If people were really afraid of GMO & the attendant poisons, we'd all buy organic, but we don't cause we can't afford it. And so the game continues...

@ldonyo, ok that *was* ironic funny, but really, who really cares if they're a 'cult'? Last I checked it was a free country, and they aren't drinking kool-aid or stockpiling guns as far as we know, so good for them if they want to do what Jesus said and give up their belongings...more plastic Chinese trinkets & smartphones left for us! I don't seem them buying off our political system or trying to poison their neighbours...

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Posted by desertrat on 08/14/2015 at 2:54 PM

Re: “Monsanto Mania

Lovely, a chemtrail rant in an ag article that has more to do with a cult than ag.

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Posted by Ldonyo on 08/14/2015 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Monsanto Mania

The whole point of Roundup-resistant crops is so industrial farming operations can put **MORE** poison into our land and water faster and make more money. I can't figure out what Arizonan would be looking for there to be MORE poison in their children's lives, but "you can get a man to believe anything if his paycheck depends on it".

UA is a public institution; it's time some of our young people did whatever FOIA cases are needed to find out exactly where UA is collaborating with these moneychangers and shame them right out of it.

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Posted by desertrat on 08/14/2015 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Monsanto Mania

Is the reader truly concerned about the food systems we are facing, now a global matter with the likes of Monsanto and others? Or is the goal to smoke screen this very real issue by criticizing, questioning and misinforming with malice those doing something about it? Monsanto's greed and desire is to secure their vested interest at the expense of our health and well-being. As we live in an information age with many an access portal - we find many of these answers ourselves. If you are sincerely interested in them, why don't you call Avalon Gardens to get some clarity on your own and stop diluting this important matter with your own prejudice? Unlike Monsanto, Avalon Gardens is securing land to produce and provide a product "for human consumption" by a collection of well-intended souls. Why does this pose such a threat to you? Using the "c" word is not only derogatory and insulting but does real harm to the lives of families who are living a pro-active chosen agrarian existence. In an attempt to offer an alternative to this greed-driven, mega-corporation owned society, one that cares nothing for the quality of your life or mine, in contradistinction to families pooling their resources for the good of all...hmm..kind of a no-brainer isn't it Mr. HumanBean? Hardly bookends...

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Posted by centria on 08/13/2015 at 8:47 PM

Re: “Monsanto Mania

Unfortunately, nothing is organic anymore. We have another battle to fight first. The Military Industrial Complex is spraying Aluminum, Barium and Strontium into the atmosphere, from above, around the globe. Some refer to them as chemical trails. Look up.They say it is to help cool the planet, to reflect back the suns rays. But they are creating a heat box. Along with HAARP they are controlling the jet stream and weather. They are trying to kill us off. Trees and species are dying. The forest are burning. ADHD, Asthma, Altzeimers, Autism, Lou Gerrings Disease and Parkinson are new afflications getting worse. And Monsanto has developed Aluminum resistant seeds...hmmm. Wash your fruits and vegetables! Let's work together and fight. Go to this reliable site for more information

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Posted by Jeanne Marie Bentsen on 08/13/2015 at 6:23 PM

Re: “Monsanto Mania

Really seemed more like an advert for Avalon (aka GCCA:… ) rather than an honest assessment of Organic Farming vs. Monsanto. There's quotes from a bunch of cultist who favor native seed and nothing from scientist who support GMOs.

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Posted by devmonkey on 08/13/2015 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Monsanto Mania

Mixed feelings here. As an agricultural scientist, I know well our current and future struggles to feed a hungry world. I will get up on a soapbox and praise the benefits of GMOs.

That being said, Monsanto is a monster. At a scientific meeting some years ago, I attended a presentation by a fellow scientist who had done some research on the stated efficacy of a Monsanto-produced herbicide. A representative of this company stood up and berated her until she cried. Yes, cried. Finally, the moderator kicked the asshole out of the room but I saw what happens to people who try and cross them - and what I saw was assuredly only a small, nasty, unprofessional example of them wielding their power.

Monsanto does good work. But they definitely have a public relations problem. They really need to put their efforts there.

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Posted by SalMinella on 08/13/2015 at 3:18 PM

Re: “Monsanto Mania

Avalon is a cult that requires it's members to sign over their entire net worth. These people came to southern Arizona because they were not welcome in the Sedona area, where they started. They were originally called the Global Community Communications Alliance, or the GCCA. After conflicts with their neighbors in Northern Arizona, they moved to Tubac and changed their name. These guys are very proactive in the community, using the money they take from members to buy up property all over Tubac and downtown Tucson. Not sure if they are bad or good.....

Is this really our food system's dichotomy? An evil corporation or a cult?

Talk about crazy bookends to our food system! Wow!

The author starts out by quoting Walter Cronkite "in seeking truth, you have to get both sides of a story". Does the author have any relationship with Avalon? You gave us both sides of the story with Monsanto, where is the other side of the Avalon story?


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Posted by HumanBean on 08/13/2015 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Monsanto Mania


"Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. " - Philip Angell, Monsanto's director of corporate communications. "Playing God in the Garden" New York Times Magazine, October 25, 1998.

"Wait a second. What Robert Shapiro says is one thing. But what we do is something else. We are here to make money. He is the front man who tells a story. We don’t even understand what he is saying" - Unnamed Monsanto Vice President speaking to Kirk Azevedo, one time facilitator for GM cotton sales in California and Arizona and later turned whistleblower.

"What you are seeing is not just a consolidation of seed companies, it’s really a consolidation of the entire food chain" - Robert Fraley, co-president of Monsanto's agricultural sector 1996, in the Farm Journal. Quoted in: Flint J. (1998) Agricultural industry giants moving towards genetic monopolism.

"People will have Roundup Ready soya whether they like it or not" - Ann Foster, Monsanto spokesperson in Britain, quoted in The Nation article "The Politics of Food" by Maria Margaronis, December 27, 1999.

"I recognized my two selves: a crusading idealist and a cold, granitic believer in the law of the jungle" - Edgar Monsanto Queeny, Monsanto chairman, 1943-63, "The Spirit of Enterprise", 1934.

“From 1965 to 1969, the former Monsanto Company manufactured Agent Orange for the U.S. military as a wartime government contractor. The current Monsanto Company has maintained responsibility for this product since we were spun-off as a separate, independent agricultural company in 2002…U.S. courts have determined that wartime contractors (such as the former Monsanto) who produced Agent Orange for the government are not responsible for damage claims associated with the chemistry.” -- Monsanto Newsroom online, 2015.

"The thing I'm most proud of is the industry's impeccable environmental and safety record" -- Robert Fraley, Monsanto's technology chief.

FROM DOW: “Are we stripping our [pesticide] arsenal of essential weapons? If we strip that arsenal, something is bound to happen. I can’t predict what insect, what disease vector, might attack the food supply or health of this country….The consequences of such a situation may go far beyond a mere food shortage….The position of our State Department could be impaired….Our military potential could be seriously affected.” -R.E. Naegele, manager of Dow Chemical’s agricultural department, Testimony, House Committee on Agriculture.

AND FROM OUR SUPPORTERS: "'It's important for countries around the world to adopt a uniform standard of acceptable levels of contamination" - Biotechnology Industry Association's Lisa Dry.

“The Real Facts About the Birds and the Bees.” British medical journal Lancet said: “ ‘Declines in animal pollinators could cause significant global health burdens from both non-communicable diseases and micro-nutrient deficiencies.’ Fortunately, we will never see the extinction of all pollinators, because even a nuclear holocaust wouldn’t wipe out nature’s hardiest pollinators. There’s no way any catastrophe could destroy nature’s most under-appreciated pollinators: mosquitoes, cockroaches and flies.” – Genetic Literacy Project.

Pesticide Industry Lobbyist Patrick Moore on TV: “You can drink a whole quart of (glyphosate) and it won't hurt you.” Canal+: “You want to drink some, we have some here.” PM: “I'd be happy to actually. Not really, but, I know it wouldn't hurt me.” Canal+: “If you say so, I have some.” PM: “No, no. I'm not stupid. People try to commit suicide with it and fail regularly.” Canal+: “So are you ready to drink a glass of glyphosate?” PM: “No, I'm not an idiot.”

Friends of Glyphosate Contact:

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